Managing Editor

Aug 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Puget Sound

Managing Editor

Job ID: 3665

Location: Office of Communications

Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Position Summary:

The University of Puget Sound is seeking a managing editor to coordinate the production of Arches, its award-winning quarterly alumni magazine, and other editorial content.

The ideal candidate will be a highly organized, emotionally intelligent, self-motivated storyteller with demonstrated abilities in writing, editing, proofreading, production, and project management. Strong editorial judgment, a sense of humor, and demonstrated ability to collaborate with a variety of colleagues will also be essential. Content marketing experience is a plus.

Reporting to the editorial director, this role offers an exciting opportunity to help shape a beloved magazine's new direction, and to collaborate creatively with smart and passionate editorial, creative, and marketing teammates in the Office of Communications.


The managing editor will be responsible for overseeing the production process from start to finish. This includes creating production schedules, keeping projects on track, and managing workflow; contributing story ideas at weekly story meetings; overseeing the assignments of contributing writers, photographers, and illustrators; coordinating projects with internal and external partners; and managing the printing and distribution process.

The managing editor will also contribute writing to the magazine and an online story hub; copyedit, proofread, and fact-check articles; and serve as section editor for Classmates, which includes alumni profiles, class notes, obituaries, and photos. The managing editor will develop systems to organize workflow; distribute pieces for copyediting, fact-checking, and layout; and ensure that contracts are signed and invoices are paid. Supervisory responsibilities include oversight of an intern.


Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or related field, plus at least five years of experience in print publication production. Strong writing, editing, and copyediting skills, with an innate sense for good storytelling. Demonstrated experience in developing content from concept to publication, and managing a slate of multiple projects simultaneously. Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Mac platforms, familiarity with AP style, and knowledge of Adobe InDesign. Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

About Us:

The University of Puget Sound is an independent, predominantly residential undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington. The university, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.

The mission of the university is to develop students' capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others; an appreciation of commonality and difference; the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas; thoughtful moral discourse; and the integration of learning, preparing the university's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

Diversity Statement:

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

When prompted to upload required documents, please upload resume. All additional documents can be uploaded within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • List of three (3) professional references
  • Three writing samples

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA